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Senior Housing Directory 2018
Check with your local zoning office to be sure ADUs are allowed in your area and find out if there are special rules. The cost for an ADU can vary widely depending on the size and cost of building materials and workers.
Independent Living, sometimes called senior retirement communities, are private-pay and are typically designed for seniors requiring very little or no assistance. Private apartments have full kitchen and baths, come in various sizes and usually include a limited meal plan. For an addition- al fee, you may arrange for housekeeping, laundry and other services. Other amenities may include exercise and social rooms, en- tertainment, group trips, and other important options such as transportation to doctor’s appointments. Many offer call systems for emergency services. A listing of independent facilities can be found on page 12.
nursing care and/or attendant in your home. They may also provide other services, like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and help bathing. Medicare only covers short- term home health care if you meet certain limited conditions. For more information on Medicare’s coverage of home health care, visit
Naturally, most seniors would like to con- tinue living at home, if at all possible. One must consider, however, if these services will provide all the necessary care that is required to insure the safety and well being of an individual. If a significant amount of care is required, this choice could become cost prohibitive and perhaps unsafe. Another consideration is the lack of social interaction that may happen in the home. Isolation leads to depression and this can greatly affect ones health.
The listing on page 13 is a place to start.
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs): If you or a loved one owns a single-family home, adding an ADU to an existing home may help you keep your independence. An ADU (sometimes called an “in-law apartment,” “accessory apartment,” “or a “second unit”) is a second living space within a home or on a lot. It has a separate living and sleeping area, a place to cook, and a bathroom. Space like an upper floor, basement, attic, or over a garage may be turned into an ADU. Family members may be interested in living in an ADU in your home, or you may want to build a space at a family member’s home.
Paying for in-home services can be complicated and expensive and will vary depending upon the provider. No private insurance or government agency pays
for around the clock in-home care. Most government programs and insurances pay for short daily or weekly visits or services.

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